Ben Affleck’s long-awaited Batman movie could be focusing on the character’s detective side, something fans have long wanted.
“In all of my films, what I try to do, in an almost Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become that character, and you emphasize with that point of view,” Reeves said in an interview with New Trailer Buzz.
“I think here’s a chance to do an almost noir-driven, detective version of Batman that is point-of-view driven in a very, very powerful way, that hopefully is going to connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”
Seeing as the Caped Crusader is often considered to be the World’s Greatest Detective – sorry Sherlock and Poirot, it’s great to hear that Reeves will be placing the spotlight on this side of Batman, and not just the ass-kicking vigilante angle.
Reeves also shed some light on what attracted him to Batman, highlighting the similarities between our brooding hero and the Apes franchise’s brooding lead, Caesar.
“One of the reasons I was drawn to [The Batman] is that I had a similar obsession to Batman when I was younger that I had with the Apes series, which I was obsessed with,” Reeves explained.
“I see a parallel emotionally between Caesar and Batman, in that they’re both tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to try and do the right thing in a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world. It’s really that emotionality that I’m interested in.”
The Batman has experienced quite the bumpy road thus far. Affleck left the director’s chair early this year, citing a desire to focus on his performance as a key reason behind the move. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require,” Affleck said in a statement at the time.
It certainly sounds like Reeves has the right idea so far. Fingers crossed this finally gets filming soon and comes out the other end a winning Batman film.
The ups and downs so far have made it difficult for Warner Bros. to lock in a release date for The Batman. As of now, the film is expected to arrive sometime in 2019.